Carnation is a realistic fiction series based on the experience of teens whose families have immigrated from the countries of Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Cameron, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Each episode is named a color of a carnation to represent that story’s theme.
The first episode is called “Yellow” to symbolize the disappointment 17-year-old Marisol feels when her Mexican father is deported and her family struggles to make ends meet. Episode 2 considers issues of depression, suicide and alienation as 16-year-old Ximena tries to fit in at a soccer game. Called “Purple” to symbolize capriciousness and to convey condolences for unfortunate circumstances, episode 2 was performed and recorded live at the Phipps Center for the Arts as a part of the StoryArk Festival. Episode three explores the difficulties a young gay teen has in coming out to his Catholic family and episode 4 considers the actions one young teen takes as a result of maltreatment and was also recorded live at the StoryArk Festival.